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Scott looking for love in Singapore

Alex Livie November 7, 2012
Adam Scott is bidding for a fourth win at the Singapore Open © PA Photos
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The lucrative Asian swing continues with the Barclays Singapore Open and after taking a week off to watch his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in tennis action in Bulgaria, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is back to focus on the day job.

And it comes as no surprise, given his standing in the game, that the bookmakers are running scared with McIlroy the 9/2 favourite with bet365. With a classy field that features, amongst others, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and a back-in-form Padraig Harrington - that's not a price that offers much by way of value.

The golfing romantics among you will be well aware of the rekindling of a love affair, as Adam Scott is back at his beloved Sentosa Golf Club. The Australian has won the event on three occasions, 2005, 2006 and 2010, and after missing out on the event last year due to a scheduling clash - he is back for a fourth win.

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  • Thongchai Jaidee E/W - 60/1 at bet365
    Adam Scott E/W - 7/1

"It is kind of a love affair with Sentosa Golf Club," Scott said. "When I first won in 2005, it was a very different course back then. I felt very comfortable here, and managed to win back to back titles in 2005 and 2006. I have always had tremendous support in Singapore and have made some fantastic friends here, and particularly at Sentosa Golf Club.

"So it's a fun week to come back and meet up with everyone. It's a relaxed atmosphere, and I do enjoy the golf course - they have made some great improvements over the years. It's challenging but fun, and always in spectacular condition.

"It was a shame to miss last year - I cannot believe it is two years since I was here, time goes so fast. I'm excited to be back, and everything feels as good as it normally does when I come to Singapore so I'm looking forward to this week. I feel my game is in good shape. There is a strong field assembled here, so the challenge is on to win for a fourth time."

Adam Scott is a 7/1 chance with bet365, which does look a shade on the skinny side, but he ticks so many boxes in terms of course form, obviously, and actually heading into the event fresh and in form. Being fresh at this time of year is a huge bonus, as in recent weeks there have been many players looking in need of a rest, and for that reason we are happy to take a chance on the world No. 6 who played so well at the WGC - HSBC Champions event last week.

For those looking for someone at bigger odds, Thongchai Jaidee makes plenty of appeal at 60/1. The Thailand star has long been one of Asian golf's shining lights - he has won the Asian Order of Merit on three occasions - and he will be eager to make a bold show in Singapore.

He has a win under his belt this term, at the Wales Open in June, and is in decent form following top-25 finishes at the HSBC Champions, BMW Masters and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Please note that odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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